The Getty

  • Reference Librarian II

    Posted Date
    4 months ago(9/14/2018 7:37 AM)
    Requisition Number
    Regular Full-Time
    Position Status
    Getty Center
    GRI - 0419-Library Services
    Targeted Hiring Range
    $54,992.08 - $68,745.04 Annually
    Commensurate with experience and internal equity
  • Job Summary

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) Research Library seeks a service-oriented, creative, collaborative and enthusiastic Reference Librarian. Reporting to the Manager of Reference and User Engagement, this position provides reference and outreach services to the library’s community of international scholars, researchers, faculty, students, Getty staff, residential scholars, volunteers and other visitors working at all levels, as a member of the Reference team. The Librarian I works closely and collaboratively with librarians, library assistants, catalogers, curators, and various other Getty staff.

    Major Job Responsibilities

    • Uses professional judgment and strategies to research and answer complex and specialized reference questions, regarding the library’s collections including archives, photographs, rare books, etc. and requests received for reproductions and permission to publish
    • Provides reference services in person, by phone and via email to library users and the general public who are on-site and off-site
    • Staffs the Reference Desk for 8-10 hours per week
    • Provides outreach and instruction in a variety of ways to the library and its collections. Includes giving library tours, creating research guides, writing blog posts, providing database and library discovery system instruction sessions, coordinating class visits to use special collections, and staffing events to promote the library
    • Thinks creatively and assists in developing practices and procedures implementing current/emerging technologies
    • May collaborate within and across departments on a variety of activities, may include usability, website and social media related projects
    • Maintains knowledge of professional trends and activities
    • May provide back-up supervision for Special Collections Reading Room as needed
    • Other responsibilities as assigned


    • Bachelor’s degree in Art History or related discipline; MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school;, graduate-level work or equivalent experience in Art History or a related discipline; additional relevant graduate study preferred
    • 2-3 years library experience with some experience in public service

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Reading knowledge of or familiarity with 1 foreign languages with basic familiarity with another
    • Must be able to work independently and as well as collaboratively within teams
    • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
    • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with a wide range of staff and library users; critical thinking, problem solving and negotiation skills
    • Ability to adapt communication style to a variety of audiences
    • Ability to be flexible and positively react to changing priorities and new opportunities
    • Understanding and knowledge of art history, reference techniques and strategies
    • Understanding and knowledge of history, theory, and professional practices associated with special collections items, such as rare books, manuscripts, and graphic materials
    • Understanding of intellectual property rights, copyright, and donor and user privacy issues
    • Familiarity with library standards, best-practices, library applications and computer systems, online databases, user access, and digital imaging technologies
    • Familiarity with Ex Libris’ Primo Search, Alma, and Rosetta, as well as LibGuides, Wordpress, and/or Open Text Media Management preferable
    • Experience with public speaking preferable
    • Experience in academic and/or research libraries, a plus